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Best time to go: April to October
11 Nights | from £5,700pp
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- Explore the hilly streets and waterfront of San Francisco, taking a boat trip about its famous bay by boat and of course, driving across the Golden Gate bridge
- Spend three days in Yosemite National Park walking among the giant sequoias, waterfalls and rock formations with a private guide
- Enjoy a VIP tour of Monterey aquarium
- Take a marine tour of Monterey Bay keeping a look out for humpback whales and sealions
- Take a tour of Hearst Castle en route to Santa Barbara
Days 1 - 4 UK / San Francisco
San Francisco's hilly streets are perfect for exploring with the family in tow, and luckily its famous cable cars provide easy access to the top where splendid panoramas await. Take a boat trip around the Bay, explore the eclectic neighbourhood of Fisherman's Wharf and the Embarcadero Waterfront, with shopping at Union Square the ideal entertainment for older kids. Your home for the next three nights is the Fairmont Heritage, where we've included breakfast for you all to fuel up for the day ahead. You'll have a hire car to ensure you can fulfil that iconic drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, where you'll meet your private guide for a backstage hiking tour through the ancient groves of coast redwoods or take an optional floatplane sightseeing tour over the bay and its twin bridges. We recommend an evening baseball game to round off an energetic first stop in the city.
Fairmont Heritage | Meals: Breakfast
Days 4 - 6 Yosemite National Park
Wave goodbye to Frisco and head to Yosemite National Park, where the cluster of giant sequoias affords the opportunity walk among some of the largest living things on earth. Here you’ll have a full day tour with a guide so you can explore the park at your own pace, taking in the full highlights including the major waterfalls and rock formations, plus portions of the high country, so you can enjoy a picnic lunch with unforgettable views before retreating to your hotel, the rustic Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite.
Tenaya Lodge | Meals: Breakfast (lunch on day tour in Yosemite)
Day 6 Monterey
Head west towards Monterey and Carmel, where miles of pristine, oft-deserted beaches and characterful towns welcome you to the its sunny shores. The peninsula is a joy to explore, and you'll have a private VIP tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium before retiring to your hotel, the Intercontinental The Clement Hotel.
Intercontinental The Clement Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 7 Big Sur
Welcome to Whale country! Humpback whales, seals, sea lions and a variety of seabirds are prevalent in this area, and you'll head to Moss Landing on Monterey Bay for a marine wildlife cruise. The area is a popular National Marine Sanctuary. Big Sur is your afternoon destination, with its stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, and often regarded as one of the world's most beautiful drives. Dolphin Bay Pismo Beach is where you'll rest your head for the night.
Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa | Meals: Breakfast
Days 8 - 9 Santa Barbara / Santa Monica
The rest of the Pacific Coast Highway stretches tantalisingly out in front of you, taking you towards the wine lover's paradise of Santa Barbara. On your way there's an opportunity to visit Hearst Castle for a group tour of the former retreat of newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst. After a night at the Spanish-inspired residence, Belmond El Encanto, you'll pass through magical Malibu before arriving in Santa Monica. Known for its vast white sand beaches, famous boardwalk and celebrity sightings, it also houses some of the city's best restaurants and boutiques, and you'll be in the thick of it all at the Loews Santa Monica.
Belmond El Encanto | Meals: Breakfast
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Days 10 - 11 Los Angeles
LA is the epitome of Californian glamour, and you’ve got a full day to explore the sights. Take in the bustling hotpot of culture, community and cuisine by visiting some of the many neighbourhoods, each with its own unique flavour and vibe. From sophisticated Beverly Hills to bohemian Venice Beach, there is something for everyone here and we'd be happy to point you in the right direction, such as a private tour of a film studio or a performance at the incredible Disney Theatre. It’s the ideal way to conclude your trip before flying home the next day.
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 12 day suggested holiday will cost from £5,700 per adult and £2,800 per child (under 12 years), based on two rooms, including international flights, car rental and exclusive select tours.
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At 38 times the size of the UK, there is always a part of the country having great weather. The peak season is from June to September.
British Airways fly to all the major cities in the States.
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